General Motors have had a class action lawsuit filed against them in relation to the wheels of the 2015-2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2017-2019 Corvette Grand Sport, being prone to ‘bending and cracking’.
The lawsuit, filed by California based Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. claims that GM used cheaper cast materials on these models rather than being forged – which is more costly but ultimately much stronger and safer. The law suit also alleges that General Motors used less than the required amount of material necessary to try and save weight on the Z06 and Grand Sport.
The filing also adds that although the vehicles are sold by General Motors with a 3 year and 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, GM is “systematically denying coverage” for their customers who have bought their vehicles to one of their authorised dealerships, when the vehicle has cracked wheels. Having a crack in the wheel means the whole wheel needs to be replaced, but further to that, it can also lead to tire punctures or blowouts. Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. said of the lawsuit:
Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers aware that a class action lawsuit was filed on March 31, 2020 against General Motors LLC in United States District Court, Northern District of California, on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased or leased any Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2015 to present) or Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (2017 to present) vehicle designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, sold, warranted, and/or serviced by General Motors LLC (“GM”).
Sadly, this is not the first time that concerns surrounding the wheels and the C7 Z06 and Grand Sport have been raised – for example Car and Driver documented that they had to repair six damaged wheels during their 40,000 mile testing period with the C7 Grand Sport loaned to them by General Motors themselves. The Corvette forums are also awash with owner complaints of cracking wheels.
Furthermore, this is not the first time a lawsuit has been filed against General Motors regarding this issue. In May 2019, a man filed another lawsuit against General Motors, alleging that the two of the wheels on his rented 2018 Corvette were bent, and that he was forced to pay over $7,500 for a new set as Chevrolet refused to replace them and only compensated him a measly $1,200 for the trouble.
If you feel like this has impacted you and your Corvette, you are encouraged to get in touch with Kehoe Law Firm P.C. directly. Buying a car isn’t cheap, especially when buying new – and we all hope that the quality assurances have been made before we get behind the wheel. We hope that General Motors will rectify this and learn from their mistakes.
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